MLK Commemorative Events

Each year Georgia State University honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work with numerous activities in January. Campus events feature lectures, discussions, celebration, and community service opportunities that reflect his dream and vision for civil rights and social justice.

January 18, 2021, marks the 35th anniversary of the first observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a U.S. federal holiday. GSU’s schedule of events kicks off on January 18th, with our annual Day of Service.

MLK Day of Service: “A Day On, Not A Day Off”
Monday, January 18, 2021 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. *in person and virtual

Instead of taking the holiday off, join your fellow classmates in GSU’s MLK Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service is GSU’s largest annual volunteer event that brings students together to do community service! Register NOW and reserve your spot. The first 300 students that register AND attend will receive an MLK commemorative t-shirt.

MLK Day of Service General RSVP 

Multicultural Center’s Talk Tuesday: We Gon’ Be Alright: Open Dialogue on Race, Restorative Justice & How We Heal Despite Difference
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 12-1:15 p.m. *virtual

Join the Multicultural Center for a special “Talk Tuesday! Taking place on the National Day of Racial Healing, this timely panel and discussion will explore racial healing, equity, and justice.

Talk Tuesday RSVP 

MLK Commemoration and Virtual Dinner
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. *virtual

Honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life by attending the 2021 MLK Commemoration and Virtual Dinner. The virtual dinner will showcase a live-streamed video of student performances, developed in tribute to MLK.

MLK Commemoration Video 

Sweet Auburn Quest
Friday, January 22 to Tuesday, January 26, 2021 *in person

Embark on a historical tour of the Sweet Auburn area. The first 100 students who complete the “quest” will receive an MLK shirt. Students will use “Flipgrid” to guide their quest and verify participation.

Sweet Auburn Quest 

Diversity Dialogue “History of Atlanta, Georgia State, and Civil and Human Rights”
Thursday, January 28, 2021 *virtual

Engage in a lively discussion on the cradle of the civil rights movement (Atlanta), desegregation and integration of Georgia State, movement toward one of the most diverse universities.

Diversity Dialogue 

Provost’s Second Annual Groundbreaker Speaker Series With Dr. Peniel Joseph
Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 4-5:30 p.m. *virtual

The 2021 Provost’s Groundbreaker Speaker Series event hosts Dr. Peniel Joseph, a Professor of Public Affairs and the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the University of Texas-Austin. The author of six books, the conversation will include discussion about his latest work, The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Groundbreaker Speaker Series RSVP